The purpose of the COVID-19 Response Unit is to guide and support the local government sector through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of the COVID-19 Response Unit is on supporting the sector in its response to the pandemic and ensuring that individual councils are prepared with:

  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and crisis response planning
  • Dealing with essential services including water and solid waste
  • Dealing with cemeteries and burials
  • Staffing and employer responsibilities.

Taituarā has worked to deliver this in coordination with the Department of Internal Affairs, Local Government New Zealand, the National Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s policy advisory group.

To date the COVID-19 Response Unit has provided guidance to the sector on finance and recovery, governance, PPE for non-health essential workers, and drinking and wastewater. Work streams have been established for essential services, governance, finance and recovery, social well-being and project management.


Further information from the COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

For further information contact Kevin Lavery, National Coordinator.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 LG Discussion Group

To keep up-to-date with this guidance and advice, staff of councils and council-controlled organisations are encouraged to join Taituarā's COVID-19 online discussion group.

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Unstoppable summer toolkit

Downloadable posters, digital banners and social media tiles to encourage Kiwis to wash their hands, scan QR codes and stay home if they’re sick. The best way to unite and make our summer unstoppable.

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